Agriculture

90,000 Homes To Be Powered By Chicken Manure
October 3, 2008 09:45 AM - , MetaEfficient

The world’s largest biomass power plant running exclusively on chicken manure has opened in the Netherlands. The power plant will deliver renewable electricity to 90,000 households. It has a capacity of 36.5 megawatts, and will generate more than 270 million kWh of electricity per year.

VIETNAM: Heeding Climate Change Warnings
September 29, 2008 10:24 AM - IPS

With a predicted sea level rise of one metre by 2100, Vietnam may end up being one of the nations worst hit by climate change. Such a rise would affect five percent of the land area, 11 percent of the population and seven percent of the agriculture. With worsening storms and flooding already lapping at its shores, this South-east Asian country is heeding the dire warnings.

Biofuels in India

OUTSIDE his village in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, Sudarshan Dhrube inspects a field of jatropha, planted in rust-red soils, heavy with iron.

FDA issues rules for genetically modified animals
September 19, 2008 09:05 AM - Christopher Doering, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Genetically engineered animals moved closer to the dinner table on Thursday as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the process it will use to review new proposals public.

Ethanol makers hit by cash crunch
September 18, 2008 10:02 AM - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of U.S. ethanol makers took a beating on Wednesday as they wrestle with unpredictable corn prices and dwindling cash piles at a time when capital markets look unlikely to provide easy financing.

Old-growth forests important carbon sinks, says study

EurActiv.com, 16 September 2008 - The Commission has rejected the notion that farmers should implement river basin management schemes in exchange for agricultural subsidies, despite increasing fears over water shortages and droughts.

New Law Requires Labels on Meat - Country-of-Origin Labels to be Required
September 16, 2008 09:44 AM - Stephen J. Hedges, Organic Consumers Association

WASHINGTON - In a few weeks, American shoppers will be able to look at a cut of meat or a pound of hamburger and see something they've never seen before-a label that says where the meat came from.

Organic Farming - The Way Forward
September 11, 2008 09:43 AM - IPS

Sustainable agriculture was far from farmer Peter Desisto’s mind when he went to an organic farming seminar organised by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) ten years ago. He and other farmers attended because they heard that PRRM was giving out loans.

Saltwater solution to save crops
September 11, 2008 09:34 AM - University of New South Wales

Technology under development at the University of New South Wales could offer new hope to farmers in drought-affected and marginal areas by enabling crops to grow using salty groundwater.

Tell Congress to Protect Funding for Organic Ag Research
September 10, 2008 10:03 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

After months of your letters, phone calls and hard work, organic farmers and activists won a much-needed boost to the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

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